News Jan. 2017

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe

1-31-17 ~ Army Corps of Engineers Directed To Clear Way For Dakota Access Pipeline
cting Secretary of the Army Robert Speer has directed the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with the easement needed to complete the Dakota Access Pipeline, U.S. Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota said in a statement on Tuesday.

1-31-17 ~ Leaked White House Memo Puts Gag Order on the Dept of Interior: Stops Communication with Tribal Leaders
“all incoming congressional and gubernatorial correspondence as well as correspondence from Indian or Alaska tribal leaders and leaders from national level environment/recreational and industry organizations must be forwarded to OES prior to responding, regardless of addressee or signature level.”

1-30-17 ~ The Standing Rock Water Protectors
I had some apprehension about returning to Standing Rock due to all of the sensational and mostly false reports about military invasions and mass eviction of the camps. It was a relief to find most of the people calm and not too concerned about deadlines. There was one report of “Massive military buildup”. I never saw it. When I arrived I found the camp at work organizing a move to higher ground but it was a controlled plan and very methodical.

1-30-17 ~ Rick Perry Is on the Board of the Company Building the Dakota Access Pipeline
Donald Trump’s pick to run the Energy Department also happens to be the favorite politician of the company attempting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. For the past two years, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has held a paid position on the board of directors of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial project. ETP paid Perry $236,820 in 2015. ETP CEO Kelcy Warren poured millions of dollars into Perry’s political ambitions. Warren was involved in both Perry’s official and unofficial campaign organizations. He served as the official campaign’s finance chairman, and he chipped in $6 million to super-PACs backing Perry.

1-29-17 ~ Local Leadership comes to decision, Oceti Sakowin Headsmen meet with ND Governor
After days of deliberation between the North Dakota Governor’s office, the Oceti Sakowin Headsmen Council and numerous Tribal Reps – the state will begin taking apart the backwater bridge barricade. Removing razor wire, and some of the concrete. They have also agreed to pull back the visible amount of the Nat’l Guard on the hills overlooking camp. The Governor’s office has also stated that they will encourage law enforcement near the backwater bridge to not have any weapons (lethal or non-lethal) on their person during this desecalation.

1-29-17 ~ US Veterans to return to Standing Rock after Dapl decision to continue
“In the past two weeks the turmoil and uncertainty at Standing Rock has increased significantly. We have continued to stay in contact with indigenous and camp leadership and have identified several areas where the Veterans Stand network can continue to serve the needs of the camp and local community.” said Veterans

1-28-17~ US Veterans to return to Standing Rock after Dapl decision to continue
LOS ANGELES, CA : In response to recent aggressions and the passing of legislation which clears the way for the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Veterans Stand is announcing that we will continue operations in support of the people of Standing Rock, the Water Protectors who have held the front lines, and the sustainability of our precious environment.

1-28-17 ~ As Trump Reboots Pipeline Expansion, An Unexpected Delay Emerges
On Thursday, Norman Bay, one of just three current members of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), said he would resign effective Feb. 3, even though his term isn’t up until next year. His announcement came shortly after Trump decided Bay’s fellow commissioner, Cheryl LaFleur, would serve as the Commission’s new chair.

1-28-17 ~ As Trump Reboots Pipeline Expansion, An Unexpected Delay Emerges
Just as President Trump takes power promising to ramp up oil and gas production, a sudden resignation in a key agency threatens to put such projects on hold across the United States. The resignation could mean costly delays for some major pipeline projects. The independent agency oversees the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. It’s supposed to have five commissioners, but Bay’s departure leaves FERC with just two — not enough for the required quorum to make decisions. Some projects that have been through years of regulatory review and were nearing the finish line could now be in limbo for months.

1-27-17 ~ Malia Obama takes on Trump: Former first daughter joins rally protesting President’s plan to revive the Dakota Access Pipeline then attends private event with Standing Rock chairman
The 18-year-old student, who will be heading off to Harvard University later this year, was one of approximately 100 people who gathered on Main Street at the Sundance Film Festival to let it be known how upset she was with President Trump’s plan to move forward with the controversial transport system.

1-26-17 ~ Indian Treaty of 1868 That Says DAPL Is ILLEGAL Permits Natives To Take Up Arms and “Arrest” Any “Bad Men Among the Whites” Who Violate It
You may have known that the Indian Treaties of 1851 and 1868 declare the Standing Rock Reservationto be much bigger than it is today, including encompassing land that the Dakota Access Pipeline is being illegally built on. But there is a clause you might not have heard about. That clause allows Natives to take up arms and ARREST “Bad men among the whites” who violate the treaty!

1-26-17 ~ Judge calls unexpected hearing after President Trump’s Dakota Access push
Judge James E. Boasberg scheduled a hearing next week to address the latest developments regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. The move was unexpected because the parties weren’t due to appear in court until sometime in February.

1-26-17 ~ Standing Rock Camp Founder Refuses to Shut Down Water Protector Camp
On January 20, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council “unanimously voted to support the district of Cannon Ball in asking all Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to leave the area and canceling plans for a nearby winter camp,” reported the Bismarck Tribune. “Cody Two Bears, the Cannon Ball district representative to the tribal council, said the district is requesting federal law enforcement aid in removing protesters from the district and setting up posts blocking those who do not live or work in the district from entering. The district requests these actions be taken in the next 30 days.”

A bill to allow oil companies to avoid reporting some of their spills passed in the North Dakota House this afternoon in a 82-11 vote. The bill (read it here) is sponsored by Rep. Roscoe Streyle, a Republican from Minot, who received the following campaign donations from the oil industry in 2014: Bill #1151 Courtesy of the Continental Resources PAC: $1,000
Marathon Oil Company Employees PAC: $750
ND Oil PAC: $1,500
Newfield PAC: $300
Tesoro PAC: $400
Whiting Petroleum: $300
WPX Energy PAC: $750

1-26-17 ~ ND House Passes Bill to Hide Oil Spills
Current state law requires oil companies to report all their spills. But Streyle’s bill would let oil companies keep secret their “contained” spills of 420 gallons or less.

Returning to Standing Rock was the immediate response for some. Chase Iron Eyes, a high-profile water protector who is a longtime activist and a member of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe, posted a widely shared message on his Facebook page January 24: “Fighters, brothers and sisters. Come. Heed the call to defend this country against all enemies, foreign & domestic. We shall find out who loves this land, who is loyal to the water and who is a traitor to this land, to our water.”

1-25-17 ~ Following Trump’s Pipeline Order, Sheriff Issues Warning To DAPL Water Protectors
“The Morton County Sheriff’s Department is monitoring the area of the camps in the event that protestors choose to gather in opposition to the executive action. While the department does not release details of its operational plans and strategies or confirm the number of law enforcement it has available to respond at any given time, the department does have plans to respond and deal with any potential protest actions that may become unlawful. This is prudent when it comes to what the department does and how it prepares for situations.”

1-25-17 ~ Army sides with Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in ordering Environmental Impact Statement
Anybody who wants to comment on the scope of the EIS process can submit remarks by Feb. 20 on the pipeline’s proposed Oahe Reservoir crossing of the Missouri River one-half mile upstream from Standing Rock’s main drinking water intake, the Army said in a Federal Register publication.

1-25-17 ~ Shailene Woodley on Malia Obama’s Presence at Sundance Standing Rock Solidarity Event Against DAPL
President Obama’s daughter. Also, to witness a human being and a woman coming into her own outside of her family and outside of the attachments that this country has on her, but someone who’s willing to participate in democracy because she chooses to, because she recognizes, regardless of her last name, that if she doesn’t participate in democracy, there will be no world for her future children.

1-25-17 ~ Standing Rock may be the first battle site in Trump’s war on the environment
rump’s orders, in themselves, did not completely undo the Obama administration’s pipeline decisions, but they are clear indicators that such an outcome is in the works. TransCanada, the Keystone project’s owner, is being asked to resubmit the project application (with the caveat that Trump wants the pipeline built with 100% American steel). Meanwhile, the Army Corps of Engineers is being ordered to “review and approve in an expedited manner” the North Dakota pipeline plan of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

1-25-17 ~ “I’m Afraid They Are Out to Kill”: Water Protectors Testify to Police Violence at Standing Rock
On Tuesday, Donald Trump took action to revive the contested Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. He signed the presidential memorandum as water protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota were gathered to testify to a wide range of police abuse. One of those to testify was Diné water protector Marcus Mitchell, who has lost sight in his left eye after being hit by a bean bag round fired by police last week. We hear his testimony and then get response from water protector Bobbi Jean Three Legs of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and longtime Anishinaabe activist Winona LaDuke.

1-24-17 ~ DAPL COUGH
The DAPL cough story may never be heard!! Dean explains ” Ijust happened across this and I could be off base too but do you know this area “The plane was in flight for about 2 hours and 20 minutes, according to FlightAware, a flight tracking data company. It left Fargo Hector International Airport around 2:20 p.m. and headed west for Wells County where the aircraft circled the area at points furthest north near the James River before traveling back toward Fargo. The plane that crashed was had a big wig flying it for the company Weather Modification LLC

1-24-17 ~ Presidential Memorandum Regarding Construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
Accordingly, pursuant to the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby direct as follows:
Sec. 2. Directives. (a) Pipeline Approval Review. The Secretary of the Army shall instruct the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), including the Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, to take all actions necessary and appropriate to:

1-24-17 ~ Leaked Memo Silences Department of Interior
No correspondence should be cleared to go to Congress or to any Governor until it has been reviewed by the Acting Chief of Staff and/or Senior White House Advisor. The OES will be responsible for tasking these letters for response . The incoming leadership team will decide whether to continue or modify these instructions.

1-24-17 ~ EPA employees are rebelling against Trump EPA nominee Scott Pruitt by leaking everything
When Donald Trump picked radical anti-environment extremist Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, it was clearly with the intent of destroying the agency from within, so that Trump’s big-money corporate donors would be more free to pollute as they please. So it’s not surprising that Pruitt is already taking internal steps to sabotage the effectiveness of the EPA. What is some
what surprising is that EPA employees are actively rebelling against him by leaking everything he’s doing, even though they’ve been told to keep it to themselves.

1-24-17 ~ Sources: Trump Administration Tells EPA To Cut Climate Page From Website
Donald Trump’s administration has instructed the Environmental Protection Agency to remove the climate change page from its website, two agency employees told Reuters, the latest move by the newly minted leadership to erase ex-President Barack Obama’s climate change initiatives.

1-24-17 ~ Federal Workers Told To Halt External Communication In First Week Under Trump
Multiple federal agencies have told their employees to cease communications with members of Congress and the press. The freeze has startled aides on the Hill and people at those agencies, who worry that it could abruptly upend current operations and stifle work and discussions that routinely take place between branches of government.

1-24-17 ~ Trump Revives Keystone Pipeline Rejected by Obama
President Trump sharply changed the federal government’s approach to the environment on Tuesday as he cleared the way for two major oil pipelines that had been blocked, and set in motion a plan to curb regulations that slow other building projects.

1-24-17 ~ Trump Signs Executive Orders On Keystone XL, Dakota Access Pipelines
President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Tuesday to push forward the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines, opening new fronts in his looming war with environmentalists.

1-24-17 ~ The Standing Sioux Tribe Just Responded to Trump’s Dakota Pipeline Order
“We urge you to fight and stand tall besides us,” a Facebook post on the tribe’s page says, encouraging supporters to take advantage of the recently announced Environmental Impact assessment and submit comments to the Army Corps of Engineers, as well as “call your congressional representatives and let them know that thepeople do not stand behind today’s decision. ” “Stand together as one and we will not fall,”

1-24-17 ~ BREAKING: Trump Signs Executive Order Forcing Continuation of DAPL & Keystone XL
The entire substance of the executive order was not made immediately clear. However, they will fulfill campaign promises Trump made to approve both pipelines — which have been vehemently opposed by a massive bipartisan sect. forcing-continuation-of-dapl-keystone-xl pipeline

1-24-17 ~ Trump signs executive orders to advance Keystone XL, Dakota Access pipelines
Trump signed executive orders that will make it easier for TransCanada to construct the Keystone XL pipeline and for Energy Transfer Partners to build the final uncompleted portion of the Dakota Access pipeline.

1-24-17 ~ Trump issues EPA media blackout and suspends agency’s grants
The Trump administration has instituted a media blackout at the Environmental Protection Agency and barred staff from awarding any new contracts or grants, part of a broader communications clampdown within the executive branch.

1-24-17 ~ Trump Executive Order on DAPL Violates Law and Tribal Treaties
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe said today that President Donald Trump’s executive action towards an approval of an easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline risks contaminating tribal and American water supplies while disregarding treaty rights. The Trump administration’s politically motivated decision violates the law and the Tribe will take legal action to fight it.

1-24-17 ~ Cops at Standing Rock are threatening a new crackdown on protests—and asking for Trump’s help
For the law enforcement agency responsible for much of the ongoing violence against the NoDAPL protesters at the Standing Rock reservation in North Dakota though. Trump’s move isn’t cause for alarm—it’s reason to celebrate. And that should make anyone involved in the Standing Rock protests very, very nervous.

1-23-17 ~ Growing concerns that ROZOL poisoning could be the cause of “camp cough” at Standing Rock camps
Many of the water protectors in Standing Rock have found themselves suffering from what has been deemed as “camp cough,” or “DAPL cough.” Rumors have circulated the illness is from a deliberate poisoning conducted by Dakota Access, but there has been no substantial evidence to support the theory.

1-23-17 ~ Sacred Stone founder, LaDonna Brave Bull, Refuses to Close her Water Protector Camp
Sacred Stone Camp founder LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said Sacred Stone has formed a 501c3 and has plans to build a permanent “green energy” camp. She said their are plans to put a tower in place for cell and Internet service. There are buildings for a dormitory, dining and to store equipment.

1-23-17 Donald Trump is getting ready to hammer the EPA
Trump will soon issue a flurry of executive orders as part of the process of weakening various air and water pollution rules and cutting agency budgets. It’s all part of his plan to dismantle President Obama’s climate policies and make life easier for America’s fossil fuel industry. The big question is how quickly Trump’s team will act — and what sorts of obstacles they’ll face from both federal courts and career staff within the EPA.

1-23-17 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Supports DAPL Protesters Leaving
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council is supporting the district of Cannon Ball’s wish that all Dakota Access pipeline protesters leave the area. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the resolution was passed by the full council Friday. It applies to all three protest camps in North Dakota.

1-23-17 ~ Standing Rock Asks Feds To Evict Water Protectors
In a turn of events that many people have been expecting for months now, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is evicting the very people they have called out to for help to save Mni Sosi (Missouri River) from being further put in harms way by the Dakota Access Pipeline owned by Energy Transfer Partners.

1-21-17 ~ Standing Rock Water Protectors – A Letter From Camp
Let us commence and joyfully inaugurate on this day our continual fight for freedom. Justice and the liberation of Mother Earth. We write this letter from Standing Rock where the people called the Spirits, and the Spirits called the people. We are thankful for our hosts, thankful for their invitation for the gifts and healing.

1-21-17 ~ Federally recognized tribes should brace for possible termination policy under Trump
Whether we like it or not, Saglutupiaġataq (“the compulsive liar” in Iñupiatun) is now president of the United States and Republicans control Congress. Federally recognized Alaska Native and American Indian tribes should brace for the worst, including the possibility that Congress may move to terminate federally recognized tribes.

1-21-17 ~ Meyer ranch buffalo under quarantine for Rozol poison
The quarantine includes about 900 buffalo that grazed in one small pasture of Meyer’s former Cannonball Ranch near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation as well as on the former Wilder Ranch to the south. The adult buffalo are under quarantine until September, though yearlings were released from the no-sale hold on Jan. 1.

1-21-17 ~ Standing Rock Tribal Council Approves Evacuation Order for All Camps
In a unanimous vote, Standing Rock Sioux tribal council members voted to close the network of encampments behind the Dakota Access Pipeline protests within 30 days, including the main Oceti Sakowin, Rosebud, and Sacred Stone camps. Council members also voted against providing any temporary camps or shelters to individuals who should remain at the camps after the February 19 deadline. The decision was made in an emergency meeting held on Friday, January 20 at the tribe’s headquarters in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

I came up here to do a job I cant leave yet the Standing Rock people have asked us to clean up our mess. That’s my job now. When we got here we were told to build a sustainable economy environment. We started that we talked about farming , renewable energy to sustain these winters. It was a group effort ripped down by a few people and a few dollars and that’s a shame.”

1-21-17 ~ Cannon Ball asks protesters to leave the district
The district of Cannon Ball is asking all Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to leave the area and not set up a winter camp nearby. “All the individuals at all the camps in and around Cannon Ball need to leave the district,” residents wrote in a 10-point resolution passed during an executive session of a district meeting Wednesday night.

Change is inevitable when a presidential administration occurs. Within hours of the presidential transition, the White House, now under the control of President Donald Trump, took down the Native Americans web page that was part of the Obama White House website for the past eight years. Also gone from the Trump White House website are web pages on civil rights, people with disabilities and climate change.

1-21-17 ~ Tribal council supports asking protesters to leave Cannon Ball
The Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council unanimously voted to support the district of Cannon Ball in asking all Dakota Access Pipeline protesters to leave the area and canceling plans for a nearby winter camp.

1-21-17 ~ Audio: Rep. Cramer Says He Expects Trump to Approve Dakota Access Pipeline by Next Week
“By next week the EIS will be rescinded,” Cramer told me referring to the lengthy environmental study President Obama initiated in his final days in office. The Congressman said the Trump administration has the authority to rescind it because, in legal filings responding to the pipeline company’s request that the study be enjoined, the Obama administration itself argued that this was the case.

Cold Water Rescue Team Leader files theft and damage charges against the Sheriff Department at #standingrock. Lee has been at Standing Rock helping the community with a “hands on” approach and a team ready to take action to help #waterprotectors as needed. On the day before “Thanksgiving” Lee and his team watched as the Morton County Sheriff’s Department had other plans for their canoes. Please follow Lee’s journey for Justice on FaceBook. please help fund them

1-20-17 ~ Driver liability bill attracts opposition in North Dakota legislative committee
Rep. Rick Becker, R-Bismarck, said the bill isn’t meant to deter protesting on the highway. “What this is aimed to do is to protect people who are caught up on a roadway and are blocked by a mob and fear for their life and need to try and extricate themselves from that situation.”

1-19-17 ~ Landowners Sue DAPL Developers
The Morton County landowners are seeking more than $4 million in damages in the federal lawsuit filed this month against Dakota Access LLC, a subsidiary of Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.

Len Foster (Diné), the longtime spiritual leader of Leonard Peltier, says President Barack Obama missed an opportunity for reconciliation with Native Americans when he refused to grant the Petition for Clemency for Peltier, who has been in prison for over 40 years.

People who Peacefully assembled DEMANDING redress of grievances from the government. Does that sound familiar to you? It is RIGHTS granted by the FIRST Amendment. And THIS is how they treat citizens for stand up for their rights while ILLEGAL DRILLING is going on just over the hill and the cops are protecting it.

1-19-17 ~ Water Protectors Score Key Legal Victories in Fight Against Dakota Access Pipeline
The North Dakota Supreme Court partially granted a petition that will open the door for out-of-state lawyers to represent the more than 600 people who have been arrested amid the ongoing resistance.

1-19-17 ~ “This Is Not A War” – Standing Rock activists closing in on DAPL drill pad, law enforcement bring in an Avenger weapon system
Inch by inch, coil by razor-tipped coil, Standing Rock activists near the Dakota Access Pipeline drill pad.

1-19-19 ~ ‘Stormfronts’ of North Dakota’s Streets
White supremacists not finished with the Peace Garden State, form hit list of small towns. Since the town of Leith’s victory against white supremacists, eleven towns across North Dakota made their hit list. The towns range from populations of 16 to nearly 7,000. Listed by names, pictures, and real estate advertisements by Pioneer Little Europe North Dakota, a white supremacist operation welcoming Nazis, the Creativity Movement, Ku Klux Klan, militants, white nationalists, and racialists, the North Dakota towns are the group’s next targets to become Aryan enclaves.

1-19-17 ~ UPDATE: Federal judge denies Dakota Access’ motion to block ACOE from pursuing Environmental Impact Study for pipeline project
Dakota Access filed a motion Tuesday asking a federal judge to block the Army Corps of Engineers from pursuing an Environmental Impact Study for the project. That motion was denied by Judge James Boasberg.

1-18-17 ~ Bill allows fines for those disobeying orders to vacate
One of the latest pieces of legislation introduced in response to the months of Dakota Access Pipeline protests would fine individuals for not leaving an area after a law enforcement order to vacate is given.

1-18-17 ~ Dakota Access executive confirms crude already placed in pipeline
Oil is already going into the Dakota Access Pipeline even though the final portion of the controversial project remains in limbo.
In a sworn declaration filed in federal court, a top Dakota Access executive did not detail exactly where the oil has been placed. But vice president Joey Mahmoud said it was near Lake Oahe in North Dakota.

1-18-17 ~ Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement in Connection With Dakota Access, LLC’s Request for an Easement To Cross Lake Oahe, North Dakota

1-17-17 ~ News From Standing Rock – A Huge Win!
A notice of intent has been issued. Notice of Intent” confirms that a FULL Environmental Impact Statement will be required and that can take months. DAPL is already talking about appealing this filing due to another pending decision. It is still a victory for Standing Rock. THE EIS WAS FILED TODAY BY ARMY CORPS. It will be published Weds morning in the Federal Register. 1. input is desired: alternative locations for pipeline crossing Missouri. 2. Potential risks and impacts of an oil spill, and to Lake Oahe, The Standing Rock Sioux Tribes water intakes and the Tribe’s water, treaty fishing and hunting rights ; and 3 information on the extent and location of the Tribe’s treaty rights in Lake Oahu.

1-17-17 ~ Media Blackout: Surface-To-Air Missile System Deployed at Standing Rock
The militarization of law enforcement at the site of the Dakota Access Pipeline has apparently reached a whole new level.

1-17-17 ~ Police Restart Propaganda Campaign Against Standing Rock Water Protectors
Activists were right to be weary that their peaceful victory was only temporary. On January 16, police allegedly resumed firing rubber bullets at water protectors praying peacefully at the barrier along the pipeline construction site. A new National Guard site has been set up within the vicinity of the camp in preparation for escalating action between water protectors and police after President Obama leaves office. A missile system was reportedly sighted in the hills behind the barriers that is intended to take down any drones attempting to acquire aerial footage of the pipeline construction site.

1-17-17 ~ Not so Peaceful at Standing Rock
More arrests on Monday and general chaos at times. What began as a Peaceful Prayer March became confrontational and at times, dangerous. An exact count of the arrests is not known but it is said to range from 3 – 6 people.

1-17-17 ~ North Dakota: Rubber Bullets and Tear Gas Fired at Water Protectors
In North Dakota, police opened fire with tear gas and rubber-coated steel bullets Monday to disperse water protectors holding a prayer march against the $3.8 billion Dakota Access pipeline near the site where Energy Transfer Partners hopes to drill beneath the Missouri River. Police said they arrested at least three people after they cut through a section of razor wire surrounding the site.

1-17-17 ~ Faith Spotted Eagle on the Settler-Colonial Mind-Set
The elder and water protector has been at the forefront of the struggle against DAPL since it began. She has testified before members of the U.S. House of Representatives, written personally to President Barack Obama and even gotten a vote for President herself, from the Electoral College. She was the first Native American to receive an electoral vote for President of the United States, garnering one from a so-called faithless elector in Washington State, who cast a vote for her over Hillary Clinton. Amid all this, Spotted Eagle found time to sit down with Longhouse Media on a few occasions and talk about what makes the DAPL fight so important.

As part of President Obama’s historic commitment to empowering tribal nations, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Interior Deputy Secretary Michael L. Connor last Friday joined tribal leaders to celebrate four landmark water rights settlements that will resolve contention among tribes and neighboring communities over water rights and improve the quality of life for tribal communities and their non-Indian neighbors.

1-15-17 ~ Cass County sheriff says intense North Dakota pipeline protests haunted his dreams nightly
But a leading activist involved in the pipeline protests maintains that police were not restrained, acted provocatively and fired rubber bullets, beanbag charges and used stun grenades — allegations Laney and other law enforcement officials deny. “The police themselves have defiled sacred land,” said Joye Braun, an organizer with the Indigenous Environmental Network. “They are in fact provoking the protectors.”

1-13-17 ~ Police Spent Over $22,000,000 Guarding DAPL Big Oil… Now They Want American Tax-Payers To Pay For It
The cost of policing the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota has surpassed $22 million — an amount that would fund the state Treasury Department for two decades and $5 million more than the state set aside last year.

1-13-17 ~ Three protesters see trespass cases dismissed
The cases pertain to Charles Thayer, Orion Yazzie and Eric Lewis, who were charged with criminal trespass in connection with a Dakota Access Pipeline protest in Morton County on Sept. 13. They were among 22 people arrested that day at a work site near Almont where two people locked themselves to construction equipment.

1-12-17 ~ Standing Rock Colorado – The Front Range is the Next Front Line of Defense
Boulder County’s fracking moratorium expires in 2017 and all legal options to stop the poisoning of the families living on the Front Range have been exhausted. Colorado’s political and corporate love of a never-ending energy future of fracked crude oil has won. They won’t stop until all water sources have been poisoned, all wildlife is sick and diseased, and the front range of Colorado is littered with cancer clusters and trending infant mortality rates.

1-12-17 ~ Landowners sue Dakota Access Pipeline over threats, fraud
A group of landowners in Morton County, North Dakota, has sued the company responsible for developing the Dakota Access Pipeline, claiming the company deceived them during negotiations for pipeline easements.

1-12-17 ~ The Oceti Sakowin Fire
The Horn is officially extinguishing the fire at the current Oceti Sakowin Camp. This news comes as camp begins preparations to move to higher ground before the oncoming spring flood.

1-12-17 ~ Backwater Bridge declared structurally sound
The governor’s office and Morton County Sheriff’s Department say they will not re-open the road until there is an “assurance no criminal activity will take place and federal law enforcement has been introduced into the protest camp to restore law and order.”

1-11-17 ~ Lawsuit accuses Dakota Access of misleading landowners
A group of landowners claims in a U.S. District Court case that Dakota Access agents harassed, threatened and intimidated them and used fraud and misleading statements to secure a lower price in exchange for allowing the pipeline to cross their land.

1-11-17 ~ Motorist liability introduced in response to pipeline protests
“They’re not there for the protesters,” said Rep. Keith Kempenich of public roadways as a staging point. “They’re intentionally putting themselves in danger.” He said, on one occasion, about 100 cars were parked along a road in Morton County and his mother-in-law was passing through and slowed down. He said at one point an individual jumped out in front of the vehicle and was waving a sign.

1-11- 17 ~ Report: Wis. deputy assisting at ND pipeline protest drunk at helm of squad car
A St. Croix County (Wis.) sheriff’s deputy likely consumed at least 15 shots of vodka before getting behind the wheel of his squad car, where he was found passed out with the vehicle’s transmission in drive and his foot on the brake.

1-11-17 ~ How does fracking work, exactly?
Using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling to extract oil or gas from shale rock involves a number of steps. Let’s walk through a basic fracking operation for natural gas in, say, the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania:

1-10-17 ~ Colorado woman pleads not guilty to federal charges related to DAPL protest
Thirty-seven-year-old Red Fawn Fallis is charged with civil disorder, discharge of a firearm in connection to a felony crime of violence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

1-9-17 ~ Tribe, corps side against Dakota Access in court claim
A lawsuit that originally pitted the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for improperly authorizing the Dakota Access Pipeline, now has both parties on the same side: They both are refuting the pipeline’s claim that it has all the necessary permission to bore under the Missouri River/Lake Oahe near the tribe’s reservation boundary.

1-9-17 ~ Morton County Officials FINALLY Being Sued For “Excessive Force” Against Standing Rock Protesters
he National Lawyers Guild (NLG) filed a class action suit through the US District Court against Morton County, Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirschmeier, and other law enforcement agencies for using excessive force against Dakota Access Pipeline protesters earlier this month.

1-8-17 ~ A Mexican Crossing Lines – Special In Depth Report
KPPP-LP’s in depth report on the kidnapping of Mary Trujillo by Melanie Stoneman and the framing of Kathleen Bennett by Bill Running Fisher, Melanie Stoneman, and Morton County’s involvement.

1-8-17 ~ Colin Kaepernick Donates $50,000 to Standing Rock Health Clinic
Half of the funds will pay the salaries of the doctors and nurses at the medical clinic at Standing Rock. Following San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protest last year standing against the national anthem in the pursuit of racial justice, the football player also pledged to donate US$1,000,000 to various social justice causes over the course of 10 months.

1-8-17 ~ These Striking Images Prove the Fight for Standing Rock Is Far From Over
The protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline are not over. After the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the controversial pipeline in on December 4, the Standing Rock Sioux and their supporters celebrated, and thousands of protesters left the camps in North Dakota. However, there are still activists occupying the site in freezing temperatures as they wait out Dakota Access Pipeline crews who have yet to leave.

1-7-17 ~ Actor Jeff Bridges Gives Powerful Speech In Honor of Standing Rock Activists at Awards Ceremony
At the National Board of Review Awards on Wednesday, actor Jeff Bridges accepted his best supporting actor award in honor of the activists and water protectors at Standing Rock, Vulture reported. I also want to thank all those folks at Standing Rock, and all those people supporting them. The movie deals with the consequences of looking out only for your own self-interest, what that costs not just to you, but everybody. And those folks at Standing Rock, they’re looking out not only for their own interests, but for all of our interests, making sure we live on a healthy planet. I support them, I applaud them, and I accept this award on their behalf.

1-7-17 ~ Native American Solar Energy Visionary Equips Standing Rock Protesters With Green Technology
Henry Red Cloud knelt down on the snow-packed ground at the Standing Rock Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. He didn’t seem to mind the frigid cold as he used his bare hands to secure an outlet to a solar air heater, one of 11 he installed one December day at the Oceti Sakowin Camp to help protesters there stay warm as temperatures dipped below zero.

1-1-17 ~ Standing Rock Represents A Shift In American Consciousness
Water is sacred. Water is life. Water is freedom. Water heals. What the world has witnessed at Standing Rock is an unprecedented coming together of Tribal peoples and representatives of indigenous cultures from around the world who understand the urgency of protecting the sacredness of the water and the land.

1-1-17 ~ Stevens Point City Council Ends ’16 w/ Resolution to ‘Actively Oppose’ Dakota Pipeline
NOW THERFORE IT BE RESOLVED that the Stevens Point Common Council will actively oppose the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline through the sacred grounds of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation by directing its citizens to the resources necessary to be an empowered supporter of the indigenous opposition whenever possible.

1-5-17 ~ Robert Redford: Stay Inspired and Stay Peaceful on Standing Rock
I’ve been looking back on the year that was 2016, and thinking about gratitude. One of the remarkable things that happened this year about which I’m supremely grateful is the movement at Standing Rock.

1-5-17 ~ Leonard Peltier Message of Solidarity to Water Protectors
Greeting Sisters and Brothers: I have been asked to write a SOLIDARITY statement to everyone about the Camp of the Sacred Stones on Standing Rock. Thank you for this great honor. I must admit it is very difficult for me to even begin this statement as my eyes get so blurred from tears and my heart swells with pride, as chills run up and down my neck and back. I’m so proud of all of you young people and others there.

Reminiscent of when Marlon Brando sent Sacheen Littlefeather (Apache) to accept the Oscar for his role in “The Godfather” at the 1973 Academy Awards, last night Jeff Bridges used his acceptance speech at the National Board of Review ceremony to thank the water protectors at Standing Rock for “looking out not only for their own interests, but for all of our interests , making sure we live on a healthy planet.”

1-5-17 ~ What comes after Standing Rock?
A cheery spirit of industry runs through the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock. You can hardly walk 50 feet without coming across someone sawing wood or pounding in tent stakes or lugging a crate of canned tomatoes to the kitchen.

1-5-16 ~ BREAKING: Rogue Tribal Council Votes to Evict NoDAPL Camp, Use Donated Funds to Pay Off Debt
In an astonishingly abrupt move, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Council went rogue and voted to shut down the Camp of the Sacred Stones — the original encampment set up by Indigenous youth — and to apply all funds donated in support of the camps to pay off the tribe’s debts.

1-4-16 ~ Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council files motion to shut down Sacred Stone Camp
Today’s announcement from Allard only verifies further what many have thought of the tribal council. The decision to try and close Sacred Stone comes shortly after the tribal council’s decision to use $3.2 million of the money donated towards their debts.

Jan. 2017 ~ NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – These Are the Defiant “Water Protectors” of Standing Rock
President Trump advances Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, despite protest by hundreds of indigenous tribes